It’s becoming obvious that Newcastle need to bring in a good striker in January.
It’s a weakness we had last season in the Championship when we didn’t win some games only because we missed so many chances and that weakness still has not been solved.
And on Saturday we should have won the game against Swansea by a lot more than just 2-1, but again we missed a number of the many chances we created.
At the moment Mitro may be able to help when he comes back from his three match suspension for the home games against Liverpool a week on Sunday.
One player we seem to be interested in is Cenk Tosun, the 26-year-old German-born 20 times capped Turkish International (6 goals).
The 6ft tall striker started his career at Eintracht Frankfurt in 2009 and ended up at Besiktas three years ago.
The deal from Turkish club Gaziantepspor was for five years, and the transfer fee was €8M (£7M).
Cenk Tosun – looks good in black and white stripes
While at Besiktas he has played 124 games with 54 goals and 11 assists, which is quite a decent record.
But there was news in the Mail recently that Spurs are also interested in the player and sent scouts to watch Tosun recently so we may face competition in January.
Besiktas are reported to want considerably more than the £7M they paid for him, and the reports are they want as much as £17.5M.
But if Newcastle could be well placed in the Premier League by January and why couldn’t we afford £17.5M, especially when we spent very little last summer?
At some point soon – probably in January – Mike Ashley has to demonstrate to Rafa Benitez he is willing to spend money to build the team Rafa wants at the club.
If Mike fails to do that, then the unthinkable could happen this summer and Rafa could leave Newcastle.
But there’s no need for that if Mike just backs Rafa in January and next summer and he also owes Rafa for the nonsense that happened early in last summer’s transfer window.
The hierarchy at Newcastle (make that Ashley) have to demonstrate to Rafa they have the will and ambition to build a top team on Tyneside.
And to do that they need to be willing to spend some big money.
It’s as simple as that.
What do you think?